This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding and engineering applications of computational methods such as advanced topics in finite element methods, computational fluid dynamics and linear/nonlinear engineering optimization techniques..

Learning outcome

Upon finishing the course, the candidate is expected to be able to:
  • Understand finite element formulations and/or finite volume methods
  • Formulate and solve nonlinear problems in continuum mechanics/fluid dynamics
  • Use numerical modeling techniques to model material/fluid behavior,
  • Use finite element programming tools to formulate and solve engineering optimization problems, plasticity problems and dynamics systems.


The course content covers some or all of the following topics, based on the potential candidate(s) direction of study:
  • FEM: Finite elements in continuum and solid mechanics, Eulerian and Lagrangian finite element formulations, Numerical modeling of material behavior, Material and geometric nonlinearity analysis, Plasticity models, Computational methods in dynamic problems, Finite elements in engineering optimization
  • CFD: Finite volume techniques in fluid dynamics, discretization and solution methods, selected topics in multiphase flows including Euler-Euler, Euler-Lagrange as well as Volume of fluid (VOF) methods.
  • Engineering optimization, linear and nonlinear optimization, advanced and nature-inspired optimization tools and approaches.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic background in finite element (FEM) methods and/or computational fluid dynamics (CFD).


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project assignment and oral exam1/1 Pass - Fail
The oral exam can be conducted in a form of presentation.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Hirpa Gelgele Lemu , Bjørn Helge Hjertager
Head of Department
Tor Henning Hemmingsen

Method of work

The course is conducted as self-study with student presentations, colloquia, seminars, project works and computer-based modeling and simulation exercises. Project report is submitted in a scientific article format and graded. This project report will have a quality of at least an international conference level and commonly presented in conferences and published.

Open to

Open for students admitted to PhD study in Offshore Technology or similar.

Course assessment

Forms/and or discussion according to given guidelines/regulations.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 14.08.2020